Set Aside Snobbery

At some point you have to set aside snobbery and what you think is culture and recognize that any random episode of Friends is probably better, more uplifting for the human spirit, than ninety-nine percent of the poetry or drama or fiction or history every published. Think of that. Of course yes, Tolstoy and of course yes Keats and blah blah and yes indeed of course yes. But we’re living in an age that has a tremendous richness of invention. And some of the most inventive people get no recognition at all. They get tons of money but not recognition as artists. Which is probably much healthier for them and better for their art.

Nicholson Baker Quotes (Author of The Mezzanine). (2020). Retrieved 7 January 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/15882.Nicholson_Baker

There Is No Good Word

There is no good word for stomach; just as there is no good word for girlfriend. Stomach is to girlfriend as belly is to lover, and as abdomen is to consort, and as middle is to petite amie.

Nicholson Baker Quotes (Author of The Mezzanine). (2020). Retrieved 7 January 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/15882.Nicholson_Baker

The Ones That Made Imitation Possible

The neurons that do expire are the ones that made imitation possible. When you are capable of skillful imitation, the sweep of choices before you is too large; but when your brain loses its spare capacity, and along with it some agility, some joy in winging it, and the ambition to do things that don’t suit it, then you finally have to settle down to do well the few things that your brain really can do well–the rest no longer seems pressing and distracting, because it is now permanently out of reach. The feeling that you are stupider than you were is what finally interests you in the really complex subjects of life: in change, in experience, in the ways other people have adjusted to disappointment and narrowed ability. You realize that you are no prodigy, your shoulders relax, and you begin to look around you, seeing local color unrivaled by blue glows of algebra and abstraction.

Nicholson Baker Quotes (Author of The Mezzanine). (2020). Retrieved 7 January 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/15882.Nicholson_Baker